III Czango Festival in Poland

In the circle of Carpathian culture and Polish and Hungarian dance houses

13.10 Gdańsk / The Lion’s Mouth Club
14-16.10 Toruń / Artus Court

The music of the Hungarian Chinese traditions (Csángó) is unique – deeply rooted in the multicultural history of the Eastern Carpathian region. We can find Polish, Gypsy, Jewish, Balkan and other rhythms in it. Maintaining traditions in everyday life is important – it connects nationalities – in addition, mixed areas, such as the one inhabited by the Chiang and the entire Carpathian region, help us understand people and set an example of how to live in peace and harmony. You can find everything in folklore: each nation has its history embedded in its cultural heritage. We want to extract these riches and use them to enrich our lives, health and hearts.
In our activities, we maintain and revive the traditions of Poland and Hungary through cultural exchange. We create relationships, friendships, and build a community. The very enthusiastic experiences of the participants of the festival meetings allow us to believe that we will meet again soon on October 13-16, 2022.
This year’s edition is rich in various attractions and events – apart from workshops and dances, we invite you to concerts, an exhibition of artistic ceramics, rafting and visiting the open-air museum in Wielka Nieszawka. We will host a large group of Hungarian artists, including, above all, Maria Petras, the most famous folk singer and craftswoman of the Csángó region. The melodies of the Polish and Ukrainian Carpathians will be introduced to us by violin virtuosos and folk reconstructors – Serhiy Ochrimczuk, Olena Yeremenko, Witek Broda, Mateusz Niwiński.
We combine activities promoting the traditions of the Changs with the exchange of experiences of Hungarian musicians with musicians of the Polish and Ukrainian traditional music scene as part of educational meetings in the form of Dance Houses (táncház). They are usually intergenerational in nature and focus on traditional patterns developed over generations and on the common history of the Carpathian countries. The assumption also: reconstructs and evokes a kind of community where music and dance serve meetings, building dialogue, community and understanding on the basis of art.
Our wish is to continue building relationships and friendship between supporters of traditional cultures thanks to the common experience of its greatness, fun and rest. Our dream is also to bring new people to this circle, to this atmosphere, so that they can also feel the positive emotions that we experience while being immersed in the beauty of traditional culture.
We cordially invite you!